Overview of the Sotacarbo current and planned activities and the facilities currently available or under planning/construction at the Sotacarbo Research Centre in Carbonia (SW Sardinia, Italy).
Each activity and facility is classified in different categories on the basis of the specific research subject: Biomass (combustion and gasification processes); CO2 capture; CO2 utilization; CO2 geological storage; Energy efficiency; Other activities.
The research activities have been classified by seven different rates (on a 1-9 scale) defined as follows:
• TRL (technology readiness level), according to the official European Union’s definition;
• Innovation of the research referred to the available data and/or technologies;
• Quality of the infrastructure (when the activity is based on experimental facilities), in terms of operating flexibility, reliability, measurement systems, etc.;
• International networking referred to the number of international partners that are cooperating with Sotacarbo on the activity;
• Potential development of the technology, in terms of process optimization and commercial diffusion;
• Relevance for Sardinia and Italy, in terms of potential applications in the regional and national markets;
• Relevance for Europe, in terms of potential applications in the European market.
The activities are carried out within one or more research projects, as indicated in the factsheets. In particular:
• CEEP (Centre of Excellence on Clean Energy – I phase), funded by the Regional Government of Sardinia (Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2017);
• CEEP-2 (Centre of Excellence on Clean Energy – II phase), funded by the Regional Government of Sardinia (Sept. 2017 – Aug. 2019);
• RSE (Research on Electric System), funded by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development through ENEA (Oct. 2013 – Sept. 2023);
• Tender on carbon dioxide capture and storage process simulation, funded by the Regional Government of Sardinia (Jan. 2015 – Jan. 2018);
• ENOS (Enabling Onshore CO2 Storage in Europe), an international network of sites for CO2 geological storage, funded by the European Union through the Horizon2020 programme.
Each facility factsheet indicates the total investment for design, construction, and commissioning of the whole equipment.
The factsheets indicate the main partners involved with Sotacarbo in the research activity and/or in the design and construction of each facility.
For several activities, Sotacarbo has already published some results. The most relevant publications (in international journals) are reported in the activities factsheets.
For each activity or facility, the corresponding factsheet indicates Sotacarbo’s main contact for any technical information.